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  • David Foster (shown here with his friend Gracie) is National Strategic Advisor for Morris Communications, and has been a leader within the independent magazine community for years. In April 2005, Dave was diagnosed with Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma, Stage 4, the sixth deadliest cancer, behind lung, liver, and breast. In emails to his ‘wellness group’ of friends and colleagues, Dave began chronicling his battle with the disease. In this blog, Dave Foster continues to “kick cancer’s arse”, sharing his story with a wider audience.

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April 03, 2008


Hi Hillary - You are doing a good job - your dad will be proud! I apologize for being silent for awhile. I know from experience writing on a caringbridge site that comments are so important to the one doing the writing. Some days you want to say "H E L L O - anybody home?" But we are here and I know after your dad wrote about my husband Harry in his blog, that your dad developed a real following out here in North Dakota. My friends will say "I wonder how things are going with David Foster" or "I'm a little worried about David Foster", etc. We are here hanging onto every entry and always waiting and appreciating each entry. We admire your dad, which I'm sure is not a surprise to you! Good luck to your entire family! Sandi

Always gotta outdo me, doncha? Whether it's on a trout stream, story tellin' or during a hospital stay. OK, so I didn't have to have surgery, so you made sure you did.

For once, let's not make this a contest, eh? I'd rather come back over for another dinner, movie and wandering conversation on the porch if it's all the same to you.

Better be particularly nice to 'em in the hospital. Keep in mind that they've got access to the meds.
Backcast Bob


Please don't start actually enjoying -- and pretending to need -- the morphine. Glad to hear the operation was a success and that you might actually feel up to writing us all again in the not-to-distant future. When you do, could you leave some space for Hillary to write, too? She's doing a great job.

Yes, thank you Hillary. You really are.

And Dave, you really are a Warrior (and bless your Knight!!!). Could have expected your determination and will given your energy and wit on 9:00 a.m. business calls to Michael years ago.

With warm regards, prayers, and best wishes from up north (and a bit east),


Thanks for keeping up with your Dad's writings. Makes me breath a little better when I check and find out he's doing better. Please tell him I am thinking of him and keeping tabs through your emails.
Hang in there. Marsha from Virginia

Hillary, you are doing very well. You seem to share your dad's writing talent. Thank you for keeping us informed. He means a lot to his readers, and we worry if we don't hear from him. Please let him know we are all thinking of him. We can't wait to hear from him as soon as he is able to write again.

Ha Hillary - we love hearing updates from you. You are a terrific daughter and you Dad is some proud of you. Tell him we all wish him a speedy recovery (even though I bet he is loving the cheap drugs)and we will keep him and the rest of the family in our prayers. When Dad is back up and writing you tell him I said we need you to pop on line from time to time and tell us really what is going on. LOL Take Care Mary in Canada

Hi Hillary, please know that you and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. Your Dad is such an inspritation to so many other cancer warriors. I pray that he will soon be stronger and feel like writing, but thanks so much for letting us know about his condition.

Hi Hillary, David and family!
So glad to hear of the successful outcome! We would all be lost with your willingness to keep us posted. We are all with you in prayer and sending good energy your way! Can you feel it coming? Enjoy THIS day! Teri

Thank you, thank you, for the report. We kept checking to see if there was any news and sure glad to know David is doing well. We know there will be quite a report when the drugs wear off and we will be happy to read it. Continued prayers from Oklahoma.

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